Lubbock Dragway
National Dragster Challenge
August 14, 2004
By Alfonso Acevedo Jr.

NHRA Wally Racing...

(Idalou, TX)
What’s better than the smell of burnt rubber after a long winter, how about a lot of tough competitors racing for the “Wally”. For the following class winners holding the “Wally” was much sweeter than they could have imagined.

In the semis of Super Pro, Tony Schertz (Lubbock, Tx.) defeated Cy Hill and Mike Belk (Plainview, Tx.) conquered Scott Sim to advance. In the finals, Schertz in his Vega coupled a .024 light with a 9.583 (9.53) to edge Belk’s `84 Duster who ran closer to his dial of 10.088 (10.05) but his light was a .075.

Cecil Johnson (Dalhart, Tx.) repeated in Sportsman but the stakes were higher this go-round. Johnson in his `69 Camaro drew the bye to move on, while Coy Franks (Flomot, Tx.) beat friend and fellow rival Billy Morris. Franks cut the tree down with a .002 light, but it was Johnson who nailed the tree in the finals with a .020 light and a 10.886 (10.87) run to Franks’ .043 reaction and 9.599 (9.62) in his `82 Firebird.

Unstoppable Jerry Cottrell (Lubbock, Tx.) in his `72 Nova, notched his third win of the season to capture the “Wally” in Modified. Chris Guerrero (Crosbyton, Tx.) took the runner-up spot for the second consecutive race when he tried to get the tree advantage and turned on the red bulb. Scottie Reed was the lone semi.

In Street, Kelly Kitchens (Slaton, Tx.) in his Z28 Camaro had the hole shot with a .012 light over Ronnie Piseno`s (Idalou, Tx.) `96 Trans Am to post his first win of the season. Lyndan Devin rounded out the top three.

Junior Dragsters were also on hand at the event. Mark Hughes (Portales, NM) put up a fight but wasn’t able to overcome Keiri Ferguson (Hereford, TX) who ran closer to her dial. Kacy Collier and Kallie Ferguson were the semis.